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Week 7 NFL Picks

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Week Six was a strong one for our predictions and we’re feeling good about Week 7.  Find out who will pull an upset and which undefeated team will go down.

Buffalo vs. Jacksonville (London)

The Jaguars have found new ways to self-destruct every week and have never won at their home away from home in London.  Buffalo needs this game to stay in the playoff hunt but will be without starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, No. 1 receiver Sammy Watkins, No. 2 receiver Percy Harvin, as well as starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson.  If the Jaguars can’t win this game, it’s hard to figure out which one they will win.  Upset special! Jags 24, Bills 20. 

Tampa Bay vs. Washington

Two of the most turnover prone quarterbacks in the league square off against two of the worst secondaries.  In a battle of two of the worst head coaches in the NFL, Lovie Smith has had an extra week to prepare, therefore I like Washington.  Redskins 20, Bucs 13. 

Atlanta vs. Tennessee

Atlanta has a 5-1 record and Tennessee has a 1-4 record.  The Falcons have had more time to prepare, playing last Thursday and should have a fair amount of fans in the stands in Nashville.  Although everything points to the Falcons, this is a weird league and strange things happen.  Upset special No. 2- Titans 27, Falcons 24. 

New Orleans vs. Indianapolis

After playing a reasonably good game against the Patriots last week, the Colts look to get back above .500, which could be a dagger to the rest of the AFC South.  The Colts are the easy pick, but the Saints have the better head coach and quarterback.  It will be closer than you think.  Colts 31, Saints 29. 

Minnesota vs. Detroit

The Vikings have been winning the game they’re supposed to lately and that’s kept them above .500.  Does anyone believe that this Minnesota team is a better than .500 team?  I don’t.  What comes up, must go down.  Lions 20, Vikings 17. 

Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City

This would be a perfect spot for the 1-5 Chiefs to upset the 4-2 Steelers.  Unfortunately, Kansas City appears to be walking on football fields on Sunday’s without a soul and the Steelers have a winning expectation regardless of who plays quarterback.  Steelers 27, Chiefs 13. 

Cleveland vs. St. Louis 

Who is excited to see Josh McCown versus Nick Foles?  Nobody.  Nobody at all.  It’s tough to envision Cleveland going on the road and beating anyone.  Rams 17, Browns 11. 

Houston vs. Miami

A matchup of two of the most disappointing teams in the NFL that believe they can turn their seasons around after wins last week against bad AFC South opponents.  This should actually be a game worth watching.  Dolphins 20, Texans 17. 

N.Y. Jets vs. New England

This is maybe the best matchup of the young season as one of the best front-fours matches up against Tom Brady.  For the first time in a long time, this game doesn’t feel like a test for the Jets.  They’ll be in it, but it’s Brady vs. Fitzpatrick and the Harvard grad won’t make enough plays.  Patriots 27, Jets 21. 

Oakland vs. San Diego

The Chargers have a better quarterback and a better head coach.  They also happen to be the more desperate team.  Chargers 27, Raiders 17. 

Dallas vs. N.Y. Giants

The Cowboys should consider resting Dez Bryant one more week because the outcome if this game isn’t going to be much different with or without him.  This is a week-to-week league and the Giants looked awful on Monday and will bounce back.  G-Men 38, Cowboys 24.  

Philadelphia vs. Carolina

The Panthers have been a great story so far and they’re coming off a huge road victory in Seattle.  The Eagles have clawed their way back to .500, but seem like a pretty flawed team.  It’s time for an undefeated to go down.  Eagles 24, Panthers 20. 

Baltimore vs. Arizona

The Ravens season has slipped away and it’s almost unexplainable.  The Cards probably aren’t as good as their record, but this is a must-win situation for them with Seattle beating San Francisco on Thursday night.  Arizona will get the job done, but it’s not a blowout.  Cards 31, Ravens 24. 

Last week: 11-3

Season: 53-38


About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.